Tuesday, March 2, 2010

City-Parish Councilmen in the News

Yesterday, Lafayette Judge Glenn Everett issued a warrant for the arrest of Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Brandon Shelvin. This was a result of Shelvin failing to appear in court Monday morning regarding a suit filed by Hancock Bank.

According to the warrant, Shelvin is supposed to be booked into the Lafayette Parish CC, and will be questioned by an attorney for Hancock Bank.

No, he is not being arrested for failing to pay a debt. He is to be arrested for ignoring a court summons.

Councilman Shelvin has apparently compliled personal debt due to his private used car business. Shelvin has been a delight as a parish councilman after years of race-baiter Chris Williams holding down the District 3 post. District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux seems to be the race-baiter in this new crowd.

Meanwhile, on KPEL 105.1 FM this morning, City-Parish Council Chair Jay Castille gave the impression he does not favor allowing Lafayette Parish residents a vote on whether to continue with parish consolidation, or to repeal the charter and de-consolidate.

Castille had been pegged as the “swing” vote on the measure, which needs to pass 6-3 in order for de-consolidation to be placed on the ballot in November. The majority of his constituents are “parish residents” (outside Lafayette City Limits), as is the case with Councilmen William Theriot, Jared Bellard and Purvis Morrison. Theriot, Bellard and Morrison are expected NO votes, while the 5 councilmen with majority City of Lafayette residents are expected YES votes.

This means Castille will likely cast the deciding vote.

How much time has Jay been spending with Bruce Conque and Mayor Joey Durel lately? Is that Lafayette Chamber of Commerce PAC up and running yet?

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